Located in the serene nature of the Santa Monica Mountains one can find robust vineyards, fruiting endlessly and rapidly. AJA Vineyards was established in 2011 at the home of Todd and Heather Greenbaum and consists of three vineyards planted along the hillsides of their Malibu Estate.
In 2007, carefully selected Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines were gently planted in the first vineyard, Pamela's Vineyard. This vineyard is named after Todd's mother whom is full of wisdom and love, anchoring the family with her compassion.
In the cold of winter in February 2013 the second vineyard was planted with a meticulously researched blend of five grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to make up a Bordeaux-styled blend. Todd carefully researched the scientific components of the soil on his estate grounds and found the perfect match of root stalk and the five varietals.
After the Woolsey Fire in November of 2018, it seemed impossible that not only the house was standing, but that this vineyard, surrounded by flames, did not burn. This vineyard was given the title the Miracle Vineyard both for surviving the flames and for Heather's Mother Doreen, the "The Miracle Maker". It is a long standing saying that when a person matches three couples, they are granted a ticket to heaven. Doreen has matched four beautiful married couples who are happy, healthy and very in love.
In the early spring of 2018, the third vineyard was planted. It was one of Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect addition of contrast from the deliciously plump purple berries. These Sauvignon Blanc vines are those same vines that can be found on the beautiful southern island of New Zealand. These vines grow zesty and exciting white wines with deliciously bright flavors. This vineyard, being double in size as the other two, holds the title Ed's Vineyard for both Heather and Todds' fathers, Edward and Edwin. Both of these men have brought to the table strength, intelligence, wisdom and a zest for life. Thus a perfect pairing, and a perfect varietal.
Marvelous plump, purple and green fruits adorn the hillsides every summer. Every winter Todd and his eldest child, Amanda, consult with the vineyard manager as they discuss the pruning methods to ensure the proper balance of quantity and quality. Our vineyards are closely overseen to estimate the proper harvesting times in autumn.
Family is very important to the AJA recipe. It is in the name. AJA is an acronym for the names of Todd and Heather's three children, Alec, Jack, and Amanda. They continue to be the inspiration for their desire to live a robust and happy life – oh, and also to produce great wine! The children provide them with a sense of family that drives them to make something special.
When one tastes our wine, they catch the smell of sweetness, the taste of serenity, and a slight bitterness to remind us that at times, not everything is perfect. These elements are all harnessed in the passion to make great wine that brings friends and families together.
How Do I Pronounce AJA?
If you're a linguist, the phonetic spelling for "AJA" is "a-žah".
If you're anybody else, just pronounce the "J" in AJA
the same way you would pronounce the "s" in the word "treasure"!
Making Wine in the Malibu Coast
With the creation of the Malibu Coast American Viticulture Area, beginning with our 2013 vintage, we have been proud members of the Malibu Coast AVA. The AVA stretches approximately 20 miles along the southern California Malibu shore, venturing up into the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Malibu Coast AVA is an exceptional location for the cultivating of grapes because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, combined with its mountainous location. AJA Vineyards with its mixture of rocky soils, humid ocean climate and dry hilltop climate make it an ideal place to grow grapes. During the autumn and winter seasons, mountainous areas tend to be very dry. However, with the introduction of ocean air, AJA Vineyards benefits from a cool refreshing environment that nurtures the grapes with a slight fog and a 20% to 30% humidity level. Moreover, being in southern California, these vineyards receive 12 months of frost free climate, and around twelve to sixteen inches of precipitation during the year in the mountains.
We are very lucky for such tremendous climate that makes our grapes excellent and our vines fruitful.
For more information visit http://malibucoastava.com/malibu-coast-ava/climate/